Thanis Lim

All Rounder Chef and Food Journalist

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Kota Kinabalu Food Guide For Tourists – walking distance from Centrepoint: Moon Bell Restaurant

I’ve been to KK more than 10 times in the past 3 years and I’m ashamed to say that I’ve never gotten to try Moon Bell Restaurant until last December. It is indeed one of the special restaurants one must try out when visiting KK. Of course the best part is that Moon Bell restaurant is within walking distance for those who are staying around Imperial Boutech Hotel, Warisan Square, Centrepoint, Suria Sabah or Gaya Street areas. 



Moon Bell is located along the same row of shops as Little Italy – and about 10-15 minutes walk from Centrepoint.



Moon Bell Restaurant showcases Xin Jiang (China) and Mongolian Cuisine – which is quite a rare treat in Malaysia. Don’t expect fancy decorations or Mongolian trinkets in this restaurant – this map is probably the only interesting thing to see here ~~ other than that it’s simple old school Chinese restaurant settings.



Their plain noodle soup has a good springy texture and clear broth – and is what my friends usually order to match the food when they eat here. You can order rice instead if you don’t fancy noodles.



We ordered the Stir Fried Shredded Vegetables – which has a good julienne texture of the vegetables matched with the punch from the chili and onions.



Their stir fried cabbage is pretty yummy as well. Simple homey dish.



At first glance, these looked like fried fish cakes or some form of meat – but they are actually deep fried crispy eggplants. My dish of the night – I love how they fried the eggplant till crispy and serve it in a sweet and spicy glaze. Very delicious!



Their roast lamb is boneless and tender with a strong hint of salt and spices. A really unique lamb dish and it’s a favourite for some of my friends dining here.



This is another one of their delicious signatures – Storm Sand Chicken – which is deep fried chicken served with their special spice mix – a bit similar to their lamb seasoning – but the chicken is moist yet skin is crispy and flavoursome.



They also serve Peking duck which is not bad – but it pales in comparison to the other strong dishes here.



Overall – If you like strong flavoured and deep fried stuff – Moon Bell would be the perfect place for you – or if you like good hand made noodles or beef noodles – you should give Moon Bell a try too. I would definitely come back here just for their crispy eggplant! The map below will guide you on how to get there from Imperial Boutec Hotel Warisan Square to Moon Bell Restaurant – about 14 minutes walk.

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Moonbell Restaurant
No.33, Jalan Haji Saman 88804, Kota Kinabalu Sabah
019-861 1605

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